Beeb flogs Doctor Who episodes via Facebook
Secure browsing has to be disabled to view pay-Cybermen
BBC Worldwide has begun offering episodes of the Corporation's hugely popular Doctor Who as rental options via Facebook.
"As we have grown internationally, we've seen through our Facebook channel that fans who are loving the new series are asking for a guide into our rich Doctor Who back catalogue," said the Beeb's commercial arm boss John Smith.
"Our approach to Facebook and other leading edge platforms is to be right there alongside them in fostering innovation."
The episodes on offer span the decades since the show's release on terrestrial British TV from the 1960s onwards.
Auntie said the nine stories containing several episodes each, including Tomb of the Cyberman and Silence in the Library, would be streamed through Facebook for users of the dominant social network in Europe, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Rented episodes will be available for 48 hours, it said. Users pay to view the show via Facebook credits, which the BBC described as "a familiar and consistent payment experience, and a trusted space to store payment information".
Those credits can be bought from within any game, or via the payments tab available in an individual's account settings on Facebook.
However, in order for users to access the content, they need to turn off the HTTPS protocol that allows secure browsing first. ®
Turn off HTTPS?
Is it April 1st already?
So I have to tie myself into
Facebook to get access to these BBC assets?
Broadcast rights and stuff
As I understand it the law allows us to record a TV programme in order to watch it once, strictly speaking we don't have the right to keep recordings indefinitely although many of us do. I dont' suppose anybody has ever been prosecuted for doing so, but that is This is regardless of whether the programme was made by or broadcast by the BBC or anybody else.
The licence fee does not give us the right to watch any BBC content on demand, although it may do at some time in the future.
You may or not consider that fair, but that's how it's always been and nothing has changed in that respect the internet age. Although some people think that somehow the introduction of such things as bittorrent have magically changed our rights.